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From Politico:

Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar, an ardent backer of the House abortion restrictions, will vote for the final package after a further review of the Senate's language, giving top Democrats a critical endorsement as they lean on their rank-and-file to back the Senate bill.

"I wanted to see the language, understand it better, have conversations with Sen. Nelson," Oberstar said Wednesday. "On balance, it does what we need to do."

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I grew up in Evansville, Indiana... For Southern Indiana that's The Big City and where all come to get a taste of Big City Life -- ya' know the Mall, the AppleBees, and, if you are feeling fancy, the Chilis. To the south, just over the Ohio River, is Kentucky and Evansville's neighbor cities: Henderson and Owensboro Kentucky. Despite the state line Henderson and Owensboro are the 'Burbs to Evansville's big city.

Natives know this Area as the Tristate. Even in those fleeting Best of Times this part of the country never felt the full light of prosperity. Now that the script has flipped to the second act, bringing with it those evil Dark Times we've half-heartedly named "The Great Recession", the Tristate is doing about how you'd expect. Jobs are scarce, times are hard, and if you stare into the shadows long enough you'll see the Ghost of Ole Tom Joad staring back.

It is against this backdrop of dying Middle America I bring to you this story which gives the most cartoonish Dickensian Villain a run for his or her money.

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From Air America's own website:

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year has seen a "perfect storm" in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry's long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

You can read the full statement on their site.

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Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 05:38 PM PST

The Open Blame Diary

by Larry Madill

Since everyone is getting in the I Blame... Mode I thought I'd create an open diary of blame. C'mon, bring the blame! If Martha Coakley Wins or Loses I Blame:

  1. Barack Obama
  1. Bo Obama
  1. Joe Biden
  1. Bo Biden
  1. Harry Reid, Senator
  1. Harry Reed, Seventies Porn Star

For More Blame follow me after the Jump...

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OK, let's stipulate Rasmussen is Possible "Teh Bias" stuff. I know it, I understand it, I agree with it. But even weighed in the balance this does not look good for Martha Coakley's Senate bid.

From Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent:

Rasmussen Reports, whose poll showing Republican candidate Scott Brown sparked the current round of Democratic panic over the Massachusetts Senate race, is out with a poll showing Democratic candidate Martha Coakley up by only two points. The results, with trends:

Martha Coakley (D) – 49 (-1)
Scott Brown (R) – 47 (+6)

All of that comes after Coakley, roused from what Democrats admit was a fairly lazy campaign, launched new TV ads.

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People are angry -- some with good reason, most just because it feels good to be angry right now. People are being bussed rent-a-mob style to turn townhalls in frothing pools of rage. And, wherever the President goes, there seems to be a couple of angry white men with guns on their hips and rifles slung on their shoulders but instead being thrown into the deepest, darkest jail we could find these sociopaths are paraded on cable news.

We're on the edge of a very dark cliff overlooking a very dark abyss in this country. In that dark abyss lays the kind of real political violence that dare not speak its name. Instead of recognizing the drop that stands before them, the Conservative Movement and Right Wing in this country continues to push us all towards the cliff.  

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Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 11:21 PM PDT

The Act is The Thing

by Larry Madill

I've been thinking about healthcare reform and what it means in the large scheme of things to come.

I look around the Progressive "blogosphere" and I see an awful lot of people declaring the "Public Option" their line in the sand. If the boisterous talk is to be believed the Public Option is the Progressive reenactment of the Battle of the Somme.

Progressives across the country are prepared to saddle their horses and jump out of their trenches, charge recklessly into a wall of hot lead sprayed from machine gun entrenchments, and turn themselves into metaphorical piles of human meat for the Cause. Bully! Forward! The Public Option or Nothing At All!

Dying in melodramatic fashion Progressive will thump their chests proudly and declare, "Without the Public Option Healthcare reform is meaningless! Tis all pointless! But, aye, what a glorious way to die!"  

And they would be wrong. The Public Option is not the Thing. When it comes to Healthcare Reform, the Act of Doing Something is The Thing.

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Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM PDT

"Blank" is Not Like Iran

by Larry Madill

People want to understand. There is a need in everyone to understand and comprehend; a compulsion to set logic to the senseless, and then to make sense of the senseless by comparing that senselessness to a senselessness they  are familiar with.  This often leads to awkward moments like, "I have brain cancer." "Oh, that's terrible; I stubbed my toe today!"

People also like to jump on bandwagons, even if it's a wagon they don't like and a band they rarely listen to, and graft their issues onto the News of the Day.

So when I read diaries on Daily Kos, or blogs in other portions of the blogosphere, attempting to compare Issue X (whether the issue is healthcare, guns, or disappointment in the perceived betrayals of President Obama) to what is happening in the streets of Tehran, Iran I get it.

I See What You Did There

But, please, STOP IT.

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Today I received an email from the Humane Society of the United States revealing Governor Schwarznegger's newest attempt to fix California's fiscal mess on the backs of the ones who really have No Say: Sheltered Dogs and Cats.

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Around 10:50 PM Central Time BNO News began twittering reports that North Korea is withdrawing from the Armistice that ended the first Korean War, and is threatening military action against South Korea for participating in U.S. Anti-Proliferation efforts.

As of this update (12:30 AM Central) there is no indication that North Korea is doing, or has done anything yet besides make more threats. Below you will find, as Jack Webb used to rap, just the facts culled from various news outlets.  

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Rimjob has a far, far better diary about all this on the Rec List right now.  Check it out here.

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I forget who the Patron Saint of Lost Causes is, but in the world of video games you could very easily split that title amongst State Senator Leland Yee, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Attorney General Jerry Brown. In 2005 Senator Yee sponsored and Governor Schwarzenegger  signed into law  legislation that was intended to "protect" kids (WON'T ANYONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!?) from the evils of Violent Video Games (BOO!).

In terms of law the 2005 California Law was just plain bad and the courts recognized it as such, striking it down in 2007 and striking it down again in 2009. And in 2008 the State of California had to fork over nearly $300,000 to the ESA to pay the video game industry's legal fees.  

You'd think that would've been the end of it. A bad law, written in haste to pander to your base of Helicopter Parents, struck down by the courts. Give up and move on to, I dunno, something more productive, like, I dunno, un-Bankrupting the State of California. But oh no!  

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The National Meta-Forecasting Center has issued a Severe Meta Watch for Daily Kos until 5PM Friday Morning. Light to moderate Meta is now projected for the area and those projections may be upgraded to heavy by tonight, and are expected to reach severe levels by tomorrow morning.

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